Enterprises of every kind and every size are drowning in data. And that’s not only because it’s being created at record rates by points and clicks, likes and tweets,  not to mention the Internet of Things.

There’s also content and other kinds of information that’s not being used at the moment, but can’t be trashed because of regulatory requirements. It might be needed later and, heck, someday it could even turn out to be golden.

Needless to say, keeping everything where it is has associated costs — production systems become unnecessarily taxed by inactive data, backups become more burdensome, decommissioned apps remain on standby for compliance reasons and the mere thought of moving to another platform and taking it all somewhere else, in its current format, becomes both daunting and impractical.

Structured data, unstructured content, print streams, xml from all kinds of applications, at scale, from across the enterprise. Today’s problems can’t be solved with yesterday’s tools. 

EMC IIG Reimagines

Until now many enterprises have kept structured data archived in one repository, unstructured content in another, and operating environments running so that information could be accessed on demand, just in case.

If all this sounds like a drag, it is. Literally.

So when EMC IIG’s (Information Intelligence Group) customers came looking for a better way, there was no ready-built solution in hand — or on the market, for that matter. What was needed was a way to decommission applications in order to reduce costs but to also, at the same time, keep data accessible in accordance with regulatory and compliance requirements while ensuring return on investment.

The result? EMC InfoArchive. It’s a next generation platform that gives Enterprises a powerful, easily accessible, unified archive with a game changing twist. Structured and unstructured data can be consolidated into a single, searchable data repository.

With the advent of InfoArchive, companies no longer need to keep legacy applications alive in order to search for and access the information that lived in them.

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Save Money, Increase Performance

Not just that, but InfoArchive changes the game for applications that are actively running as well. It has a “live archiving” feature that provides a way for companies to improve the performance of their mission critical applications by moving inactive data to a live, cost effective archive.

When needed, this information can be viewed or served back to a web portal or application in real time. This reduces storage, backup and infrastructure costs and improves application performance. Archived information is managed in accordance with current compliance regulations and remains accessible to users of any business application. 

Journey to the 3rd Platform

The future is about the 3rd platform — the convergence of mobile, social, big data and the cloud. From there, enterprises can gain insights that would have been almost impossible to imagine in days gone by. While there’s little doubt that companies would like to move there now, the reality is that it’s impractical to abandon their investments in the 2nd platform on which their businesses are run.

But the beauty of InfoArchive is that it reduces operating system costs on the 2nd platform, thereby freeing money to finance the journey to the age of big data analytics.

We’ve Only Just Begun

InfoArchive holds numerous other possibilities — it could be leveraged as the system of record, it could be mined, algorithms could be written against it.

The possibilities it brings as we move to the 3rd platform are tremendous, and its beauty is that it lightens the load and helps us to save money where we are now.